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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Pope gives pallium to 43 new archbishops: “The Church is not a community of the perfect”

2012-06-29

Among the 43 new archbishops was the world's youngest cardinal, the Archbishop of Berlin Rainer Woelki, as well as Cardinal Francisco Robles from Guadalajara, Mexico. Then there was the new archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, the young archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle from Manila, in the Philippines. There was also the Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori, and the archbishop of Seoul, South Korea, Andrew Yeom Soo Jung.

The Pope spoke to them about hope. In a speech that carried a nostalgic tone, he reflected on the contrast between the mission that God entrusted to St. Peter and his successors and the human weakness to comply. 

Benedicto XVI
"On the one hand, because of the light and the strength that come from on high, the papacy constitutes the foundation of the Church during its pilgrimage through history; on the other hand, across the centuries, human weakness is also evident, which can only be transformed through openness to God’s action.”

The Pope recalled that Jesus Christ promised St. Peter that the forces of evil would not prevail and that because of this the Church has the power to forgive sins. 

Benedicto XVI
"The Church is not a community of the perfect, but a community of sinners, obliged to recognize their need for God’s love, their need to be purified through the Cross of Jesus Christ.”

The ceremony had a strong ecumenical significance. First, because among those attending was a delegation sent by the main Orthodox leader, the Patriarch of Constantinople.

And also because the pope asked his official choir, the Sistine Chapel, to sing along with the most important Anglican Choir, the Choir of Westminster Abbey. The result was truly spectacular.


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